Originally written on Tennis Panorama  |  Last updated 11/17/14
  FLUSHING MEADOWS, NY – Something had to give. Both No. 1 Victoria Azarenka of Belarus and No. 3 Maria Sharapova had been perfect throughout the year in three-set matches. Azarenka was down a set and a break and gutted out (or others would say grunted out) a 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 victory on Friday to reach her first US Open final in two hours and 42 minutes. “I felt like towards the end of the first I was kind of getting a little bit better,” said Azarenka. “Trying to find the momentum and getting more and more comfortable in the match.  So even though I lost the first set I felt like it was close.  I had a few opportunities; I missed them.  But once it finished, I kind of thought that, you know, I had to turn it around and start from zero like it’s a new match.” “Well, it’s frustrating, but it’s the game of tennis, “Sharapova said of her loss.  “A lot of swings in the match today.  You know, certainly had the lead and the advantage.  She picked up her game.  You know, in the third I t

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